The decision to travel to Africa is life changing but Uganda is a country that will not just change your life, it will capture your heart, spirit and mind. If you are looking for adventure, raft down the Nile or spend a couple days Gorilla trekking or go in search of the Big Five. Regardless of what you choose to do, you won’t be disappointed!
At the end of the day as the sun prepares floats into West, paddle down the river Nile and take pictures of the buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles as they sun themselves on the side of the river bank.
Uganda offers it all, culture, game, trekking, lakes, rivers and mountains. It’s not hard to see why this magnificent country is called The Pearl of Africa.
13 million people live in poverty in Uganda living on less than $1.25 a day. Poverty in the rural areas affects the woman and children and many young girls are forced into prostitution to bring in an income for their families.
Children need to play! It is important for their learning and helps to develop a healthy brain. In many communities in East Africa children that are not in school are either working or helping with chores and raising younger siblings.
Saving The Hungry believes that children need to be children! We need to encourage play. Sadly, there are very few play facilities due to the high level of poverty, but we are working hard to change this. Help us work alongside locals to build new playgrounds from start to finish. While volunteering you will live within the local community and get to know the families and children. We like to encourage our volunteers to also assist with creative play programs to inspire children to explore and grow. Come and have big-kid fun with us in Uganda.
Construction – Hiking – Walking – Climbing – Rafting
Dates: 5th to the 19th August 2019
Trip Length: 10 Days and 9 Nights
Age appropriateness: 13+
Location: View map
DAY # 1
After your flight lands in Entebbe airport, you’ll be greeted by a member of our staff and to The Wildlife Centre where you will stay in volunteer accommodation. (Please note this is not a 4 -star experience!) This will allow you the time to adjust to the time zone change, before heading off in the morning to Jinja in the South East of Uganda.
Leave in the morning for Jinja where your accommodation is located on the banks of the Nile River (transport is 3-4-hour trip by coach.) After settling into your dormitory we will take you down the Nile River for a sunset cruise.
Day # 3 -5
Today you begin volunteering where over the next few days you will begin to transform a school field into a vibrant playground with swings, climbing bars, slides and ropes. During the evenings relax, visit the nearby attractions and engage with the local community. Many of the children will come for a visit in the hopes of teaching you how to speak their national language.
Day # 6:
This morning we are going to take you on a tour of Jinga – by bicycle! We will visit some of the other playgrounds we have erected, drive through the main market place and learn about the culture. After a morning of fairly vigorous exercise you will board your bus and travel to Kampala, Uganda’s capital city for an evening of dinner and friendship.
Today we ride most of the day from Kampala to our campsite in Edirisa, located on the banks of Lake Bonyoni in the South West of Uganda. A stop at the equator will serve for a perfect photo opportunity, before settling in for an evening spent around a campfire.
Day # 8:
Jump into a dug-out canoe to Kyabahinga peninsula, and up a fairly steep hill which will take you to the town filled with local culture – from a drink at the local brewery to visit Jeremiah, the herbal doctor you are sure to enjoy an action packed morning before you head back to the dugout canoes and hop across to other smaller various islands in the region.
Day # 9:
You’ll get a chance to explore more of the beautiful south west, stopping for lunch in Kisoro Town, before travelling to Nshongi Camp on the edge of Bwindi Forest, where you’ll be able to see the wildlife between the trees from your campsite.
Gorilla Day! You and your guide make your way through Bwindi forest in search of gorilla’s. The trek could take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours on foot. One you find these gentle giants you will spend an hour with them watching them in their natural habitat. An unforgettable experience that many consider a once in a lifetime.
Travel from Rushaga to Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park, to continue your animal adventure with a game drive to find the world famous tree-climbing lions, and other incredible wildlife within the park. You’ll camp amongst the wildlife and have a chance to listen to the roar of the wild.
You’ll move to Mweya within Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boating Safari – you’ll have an chance to see the animals cooling themselves in the water, and to reflect on your favourite moments.
You’ll travel to beautiful Lake Nabugabo to enjoy Uganda’s natural beauty one last time and to meet the tribe that lives along the Lake’s banks.
Your final full day in Uganda will start with a relaxed morning at Lake Nabugabo, before travelling to the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre, a sanctuary for rescued animals, where you’ll spend the night in the dorm and learn about the conservation work you’ve contributed to in Uganda.
We will transport you to the airport and say our final goodbyes.
An initial 30% deposit is required to secure your seat for the tour.
- Transportation in and around the country
- Meals while volunteering
- 1-day Gorilla Trekking
- 1-day safari
- Conservation Levy’s
Additional Costs NOT included:
- International Flights
- Personal travel insurance
- Other food not mentioned above
- Water and snacks
- Food you wish to buy for the local children (optional)
- Items of a personal nature
- Restaurant and driver tips
- Items not mentioned above
Q – How long before we leave should I book?
A – We have spots for up to a maximum of 13 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team. ** Please note that the less people on the trip the greater the fundraising efforts.
Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving the Hungry?
A – If you would like to keep your costs down we suggest you book your accommodation through us. Saving the Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels and tour providers.
Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?
A – Yes, this is not optional! Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.
Q – When is the final payment due?
A – Final payment is required 120 days before you leave.
Q – How much money should I budget on spending a day?
A – $75 Canadian Dollars per day would be a comfortable budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)
Q – How much do I tip?
Y – Tour guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10-15% for a job well done.
Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?
A – Lodging is clean but very simple and rustic. While volunteering the rooms have nothing more than a bunk bed, a ceiling fan and a shelf. Once we start to explore the country the accommodation will range between 3 stars (comparable to Canadian standards). We do not specialize in luxury trips!
Q – How will I get around?
A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.
Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?
A –60 days prior to departure we will send you a list of recommended clothing.
Q – What vaccinations will I need?
A – Typhoid, rabies and Hep B and A are highly recommended. Malaria and Yellow Fever will likely be recommended by your doctor. Please let him know you are going to a malaria free game reserve.
Q – How long does my passport need to be valid for?
All passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of return into Uganda and must have two blank pages available for entry/exit stamps. Passengers travelling on foreign passports must contact the applicable consulate office for entry requirements and the Ugandan authorities for re-entry requirements. Saving the Hungry cannot accept responsibility for incorrect documentation.